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2011 Fall Prescription Drug Drop

Another Prescription Drug Collection a Success

On 10/29/2011, the Gerrish Township Police Department collected unwanted or expired prescription drugs during the National Prescription Take Back Initiative. Community members were encouraged to drop off unwanted or expired prescriptions for safe and proper disposal. We were very excited to have seen over 10 pounds (over 12,000 pills) of unwanted or expired prescription drugs that were removed from cabinets and drawers around homes. The police department collected the unwanted pills and turned them over to a representative from the Drug Enforcement Administration for incineration in a closed system.

Too often, people think that prescription medications may not be dangerous, but they are prescribed for specific health problems and could be very harmful if taken by someone other than who it is prescribed for. During the take back, several boxes of products containing pseudoephedrine, which is a precursor substance in making Methamphetamine (METH) were also dropped off. These pills along with others are now being destroyed instead of falling into the wrong hands. The Gerrish Township Police Department is currently working with the Gerrish Township Advisory Community Team – Neighbors on Watch (ACT-NOW) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in establishing the Gerrish Township Police Department as a permanent prescription drug collection site.